1994 3rd Place: Kolachkes
2 cUnsalted butter, softened
6 oz Cream cheese, softened
3 cAll-purpose flour, sifted
6 tb Whipping cream
Confectioners sugar for
Rolling and sprinkling
Jam, jelly or preserves of
Cream cheese filling (opt)
Nut filling (optional)
Preparation time: 2 1/2 hours Chilling time: Overnight Cooking time:
12 to 15 minutes
1. Beat butter and cream cheese in large bowl of electric mixer until
light.Beat in flour and cream until well mixed. Divide dough into 4
portions. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have ungreased baking sheets ready.
3. Sprinkle the work surface and the rolling pin generously with
confectioners sugar. Roll out 1 dough portion at a time to about
1/4-inch thickness. Use a small (2-inch diameter) round cutter or
glass to cut out cookies. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets,
leaving 1 or 2 inches between each cookie. Make a small depression in
the center of the cookies with your fingertip. Fill scantily with
jam, jelly, preserves, cheese or nut filling. (If you use too much
filling it will run out onto the baking sheet.) 4. Bake until bottoms
are lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Sprinkle
generously with confectioners sugar while still warm.
Cream cheese filling: Beat together 1 package (8 ounces) softened
cream cheese, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon
pure vanilla extract until well mixed.
Nut filling: Cook 1 cup coarsely ground walnuts in 2 tablespoons
butter with1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
extract until nutsturn golden. Cool.
Third-place winner Shere Case of Hickory Hills, Illinois fills her
cookies with a variety of jams, a cheese filling and a nut filling
for an attractive assortment. The recipe may be halved. from the
Chicago Tribune seventh annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest
December 8, 1994